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In Photoshop Lightroom 3 Essential Training, author Chris Orwig provides a comprehensive look at Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3, the popular photo-asset management, enhancement, and publishing program. The course covers indispensable techniques such as importing, processing, and organizing images in the Library, correcting and adjusting images in the Develop module, and creating slideshows, web galleries, and print picture packages. In addition to exploring all of Lightroom 3's capabilities, this course is rich with creative tips and expert advice on photographic workflow. Exercise files accompany the course.
A common conceptual problem that many of us encounter when we we're new to Lightroom is okay well now that we've imported our images, and we've worked on them; how do we how them out of Lightroom? And what we need to do to get our images out of Lightroom is export them. We are going to take a look at that here. And in this particular folder, surf_ sponsor, I have some photographs that were taken of a pro surfer for his sponsor. And I am just clicking through these photographs. And let's say that what I want to do is I want to export these images.
And I want to export all of them, so that I can send them to the client. Because the client says, "Hey, these photographs are great, we want to use these on our Web site." So I need to export these 4 res DNG files as JPEGs. Or they say, "Hey, we really want to use these in a print ad. We need to export these as really hi- res TIFFs of hi-res JEPGs," whatever it is. What I need to do first is make a selection of the images. So I'll go ahead and click on one, hold down the Shift key and click on another in order to make a contiguous selection. If I don't want to select any of the images, like this third one I don't really like, on a Mac hold down the Command key, on a PC hold down the Ctrl key, and click on that particular image.
All right, well now that we have our selection, we are going to navigate to File, and we are going to choose Export. You definitely want to write this shortcut down. On a Mac, it's Shift+Command+E; on a PC, it's Shift+Ctrl+E. And you want to write this down because of course we are going to be exporting all the time. Well let's click on that option. And it will open up our Export dialog. Now this dialog has changed a little bit inside of Lightroom 3. And one of the first things you'll notice is that we have this Export To option.
We can either export to a Hard Drive or folder, or we can export to a CD or DVD. In this case, it will then help us expedite that process, where it'll copy the images to a folder, and then it will automatically bring up a dialog which allows us to burn that CD or DVD. Well in my case, I am just simply going to export them to a hard drive, because let's say what I really want to do is create some JPEGs, e-mail these to the client. So go ahead and choose Hard Drive. And then let's take a look at a few of our other options here. We can define a location.
And I am going to put these in a subfolder. And I'll name the folder cis, for Channel Islands Surfboards, which is a particular sponsor for which these photographs were taken. Now what I want to do in regards to the Existing Files? Well you can overwrite those files, chose a new name, skip them or simply Ask what to do. And Ask what to is probably the safest option there. We can rename the files. We've seen this before, all of our standard options here. And in this case I am going to leave that off. Just to use the default name. File Settings, well, what de we want to do in this case? We can choose different types of formats.
If I choose DNG, you are going to notice I have different options here. Or in contrast, if I choose TIFF, or for that matter Original, again I have different options every time I make a format selection. Well in my case, I am going to choose JPEG, so I want these to be small little JPEGs. Color Space sRGB because we are going to be online. I am going to choose a Quality setting. Most quality settings need to be somewhere for the Web around 75 or so. I am going to make these a little bit high because what I want to do is size these images a little bit larger than needed, so that the client can then make the final resizing decision based on their Web site dimensions and how it's going to be integrated into the site.
And that's almost always typically a good idea, right? You typically give files, in regards to their dimensions or their quality or their settings, to be a little bit better than the client needs, so they have some flexibility. All right, well, scrolling down, what about resizing? Here what I am going to do is Resize to Fit. And I am going to choose just the Long Edge. In other words, whether they are vertical or horizontal, I want them to be let's say 1500 pixels wide or tall, I don't want to enlarge these images.
Now, these dimensions for the Web work really well because most images online won't ever be larger than 1500 wide or tall. Resolution 72, great! Output Sharpening, going to Sharpen For Screen, Standard. I don't need any Metadata, so I'll minimize that. I don't need a Watermark. And then Post-Processing. After Export I could Show in Finder, I could Do nothing, or I could open these files in Photoshop if I felt that was helpful. So go ahead and select Show in Finder. Now that I have dialed in all of these settings, what I am going to want to do is save them, because let's say I work with this client quite a bit and I know that I am going to be exporting files to e-mail them all the time.
So in those scenarios, simply click Add. And here I am going to type out the client name and the dash Web because that's these are going to be used for. Hit Create. Here I have this little preset. And the nice thing about this preset is that if I choose another option, like let's say DNG, I am going to have all these settings dialed in. When I go back to my User Preset, you'll see that it'll show me my folder name, my File Naming, my File Settings and everything that we have defined in this particular Export dialog. So the nice thing about this dialog is that it is incredibly easy to use.
Now that we've dialed everything in, all that we need to do is to simply click Export. And then Lightroom will show us the progress of converting these DNGs to JPEGs. Well, what we can do is while this is happening is we consider that this is happening in the background. And that's one of the advantages of Lightroom, because if you are processing let's say 100 images, well that's going to take a ton of time. So what you can do is work on other areas of your photographs in Lightroom while that happens in the background. All right, well the process has been completed.
And here you can see that I have these images. I'll go ahead and just view them this way. And they are all nice, relatively-small files. And the nice thing about this is I could then e-mail these to the client, and then they could start to integrate them into the marketing for which they needed these photographs. So exporting as you can see is actually a really easy process. And my only recommendation here is that as you export more and more - let's go ahead and navigate back to Lightroom - that as you do this more frequently, that you define more User Presets.
So that you do this by client name also by output type, so that you have these presets which you can then take advantage of in order to speed up your overall Export workflow.
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